Thomas Tuchel runs the rule over Borussia Dortmund newcomer Mikel Merino. - © © imago / DeFoDi
Thomas Tuchel runs the rule over Borussia Dortmund newcomer Mikel Merino. - © © imago / DeFoDi

Bundesliga Daily: 12 July

Bundesliga Daily rounds up all you need to know from Germany's 18 top-flight clubs. On 12 July, Borussia Dortmund's new signings are settling in, Leverkusen get back to work and Mainz's stadium gets a facelift.

Tuchel looks to the future

Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel gave a particularly insightful press conference on Tuesday.

Tuchel on...

... the departures of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "Three extremely important players have gone. It's more than the usual amount of departures. It feels like a new start."

... Dortmund's new recruits: "We've gone for players who'll give their heart and soul for the club."

... injured forward Marco Reus: "He'll have another check-up tomorrow. Then we'll be able to give a fresh update."

... the new season: "We want to challenge the big sides in the Champions League, mix it at the top of the Bundesliga and win the DFB Cup."

Optimism reigns in Leverkusen

Likewise hoping to be in the thick of the 2016/17 Bundesliga title race, Bayer 04 Leverkusen staged their first public training session of pre-season. "I can't promise we'll finish third again, but I think we might have our best year ahead of us," commented Werkself head coach Roger Schimdt. "We can go into the new season feeling confident."

Lehmann blow for Köln

1. FC Köln's preparations for the new season hit a snag after captain Matthias Lehmann was forced to withdraw from training due to a left ankle injury. "I don't know what it is, but something went," the 33-year-old explained. An ultrasound test is expected to reveal the extent of the damage of Wednesday.

Boateng chillaxed

Recovering from a groin problem sustained on UEFA EURO 2016 duty with Germany, FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng shared this expository holiday snap with his Twitter followers. The 27-year-old was forced off in Germany's semi-final defeat to host nation France, but should be fit for the defending Bundesliga champions' opening league fixture of the season against SV Werder Bremen on 26 August.

Feeding of the 05ers

1. FSV Mainz 05 have been making the most of their pre-season trek to Colorado, USA. The 05ers enjoyed a spot of tennis, before tucking into a wholesome-looking spread at the team hotel...

... while back in Mainz, the stadium formerly known as the Coface Arena went through the final stages of its rebranding: